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Presence of antibodies does not mean immunity — and we know reinfection is possible.
Chile plans to issue the world’s first immunity cards for people that have recovered from coronavirus to signal they are no longer contagious and can return to work and their normal lives.
The government will start issuing the “Covid-19 cards” next week, Health Minister Jaime Manalich told reporters Thursday, setting out a strict set of criteria for the new permits.
The measure may prove controversial, though, as some of the cards will be based on the presence of antibodies to the virus, for which countries have struggled to mass produce reliable tests. Manalich said the government would ensure that “with a very high probability” that people with the cards were no longer contagious. There is also concern that the new system will lead to a black market for the cards.
Health authorities “have to make decisions based on probabilities that are very close to being an absolute certainty,” Manalich said.
Anthony Fauci Says Government Is Discussing Immunity Cards For Coronavirus Survivers
Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN that the government is considering multiple different options for when it comes time to ease social isolation guidelines, and one of those ideas is having people carry identification cards to indicate whether or not they have immunity to the COVID-19 virus.
As Politico reports, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says that the government wants to be able to identify those who have been infected as the economy re-opens in order to prevent a renewed surge of the novel coronavirus.